The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National Click It or Ticket campaign May 24- June 6.
As part of this national campaign, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on local highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints.
The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund extra DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement throughout the year.
Sheriff Randy Smith also wants to take this time to remind parents that children under the age of 13 must ride in the rear seat and that children must always be secured in age and size-appropriate child safety seats.
“Seatbelts and child safety seats save lives,” Sheriff Smith said. “We want people to know that we are out there every day looking for drivers who are not wearing their seatbelts and children who are not properly restrained. We hope the added enforcement this funding provides will encourage people to buckle up.”